At Ethiopic, you are meant to eat with your hands. And while forks and knives are available, the authentic Ethiopian eatery remains dedicated to bringing tasty, traditional African eats (and eating customs) to H street. Named for a classical African language dating back as far as the fourth century, the trendy spot offers contemporary iterations of time-honored Ethiopian dishes like the chef's widely acclaimed lamb tibs (tender marinated leg of lamb in tomato-rosemary stew) and herbed lentil salad. The dining room is a bright, uncluttered 40+ seater, decorated with wall-hanging sculptures and printed lines of ancient Ethiopic liturgy, and for those who don't know their way around an Ethiopian menu too well, the kitchen assembles both vegetarian and meat-centric sampling plates.
Open since 2010, Ethiopic continues to be a crowd favorite for its comforting bowls of piping hot shiro, spicy beef tibs, fried fish, and a delectable vegetable platter. Its signature doro wat—the chicken dish that sits in a thick sauce spiced with berbere, garlic, and cardamom—is a beautifully flavored dish that is perfect to scoop up with the spongy injera.